Donald Trump Jr speaks in a downpour to an audience wearing ponchos at an Anti-Socialism Fighters campaign rally in support of his father, US President Donald Trump.
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Donald Trump Jr. has tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week, his spokesperson confirmed on Friday evening, the latest in a series of people linked to the White House who have contracted the virus.
Trump Jr. is asymptomatic and is following all medically recommended Covid-19 guidelines, the spokesperson said. He has been in quarantine in his cabin since receiving the test results.
Bloomberg first reported the news.
Trump Jr., who serves as executive vice president of the Trump organization, is the latest family member to contract the virus. In October, President Trump, First Lady Melania, and Trump’s youngest son Barron all tested positive. The president was hospitalized for several days with the virus at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and received supplemental oxygen before being released.
Trump Jr.’s diagnosis confirmed hours later Rudy Giuliani’s son Andrew tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday. Andrew Giuliani is a special assistant to President Trump. Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, has tested negative for Covid-19. In addition, three other White House staff have tested positive for Covid in recent days.
The Trump administration and those linked to the White House have been criticized by public health experts for staging large gatherings, where the risk of transmission is particularly high, and failing to adhere to basic medical precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing.
In total, at least 45 people connected to the White House have contracted the virus in recent months. Several people have tested positive after attending the Rose Garden celebration of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court in September. Chief of Staff of the White House Mark Meadows tested positive after attending an election night at the White House.
The United States on Thursday reported a record 187,000 new coronavirus cases and 2015 deaths, the most since May, as the country faces severe epidemics as the holiday season approaches.
More than 250,000 people in the United States have died from the virus since the start of the pandemic and more than 11.8 million have been infected.